Carly is a California native who loves cats, cheese and shameless dancing. She recently graduated from UCLA and now works at Oakland Children’s Hospital. There is nothing she loves more than bringing people together to do amazing things and she is so excited to join the volunteer team at Watsi!
Learn more about our volunteer program and meet the rest of our volunteer team!
Dr. Peter Rohloff of Watsi partner Wuqu’ Kawoq on why we need your support to win.
Yoli Xuyu, a Wuqu’ Kawoq nutrition educator, conducts an in-home assessment of a stunted child.
Stunting is the most common form of child malnutrition in the world, affecting more than 150 million children.
How do do you treat it?
Treating stunting requires a lot of really intense personalized work with the affected child and the parents. This work, while effective, is often too expensive for public health systems to take on.
Jose Cali and German Obispo, two of Wuqu’ Kawoq’s health staff, review growth charts in a rural community.
If I fund a stunting profile on Watsi, what can I expect?
Over the last 6 months Watsi and Wuqu’ Kawoq have documented positive effects of treatment on 50 funded cases. On average, a malnourished child like Edwin funded by Watsi donors will gain several centimeters of previously lost height. This will be accompanied by changes in development, such as a child who was delayed in walking or talking beginning to catch up on those milestones. Parents will report improved appetite and energy. Stunted children are very vulnerable to severe acute infections, like diarrhea or respiratory illnesses, and these problems go away with treatment.
Guatemala has one of the highest rates of stunting in the world. We can help change that.
Support a Wuqu’ Kawoq patient on Watsi today.
“Last year, I spent two months volunteering in South Africa at a primary school in an underprivileged farming community. It was a life-changing trip,” says Michaela, a storytelling volunteer at Watsi. “ After coming back home, I felt the need to expand my world and give back. Watsi is the perfect opportunity for me to do that.”
Michaela has been volunteering with Watsi since July. Besides telling patient stories, she likes to travel, try new restaurants, and train for half marathons.
“One story that was especially moving to me was of Dayana, an 11-year-old girl from Guatemala, who had just recovered from cancer by amputating her leg, which had a cancerous growth on it. Although very happy to have beaten cancer, she now needs a prosthetic leg so she can walk without crutches and go to school without the kids teasing her. More than just a leg itself, it would give her the confidence and independence she needs to go back to school and live her life as a normal child.”
Her favorite quote: “There is no passion to be found in playing small - in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living” - Nelson Mandela
Find out more about our volunteer program here!
Jeremy is a California native who’s surfed on three continents. He comes to Watsi from Microsoft, where he worked on Windows for three years and summited four out of five major volcanoes in Washington. Jeremy studied math and computer science at Princeton.
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Meet Maithri! She volunteers as a content editor, helping to tell Watsi patient stories, from Atlanta, Georgia.
“Each and every story which I get to be involved in is so compelling to me,” she says. “I think it’s always most rewarding to have been involved with both the storytelling of a patient as well as being able to provide donors who fund the patient’s treatment with an update. I was most recently able to do this for Luis, the gentleman from Guatemala who was able to have custom-made prosthetics for both arms after a work accident. Seeing that his treatment was fully funded and successful made my day.”
On the future of healthcare: “I stand by my fellow millennials in hoping that health care systems around the world become more about health and less about sickness, that they are simple, and that they are accessible to everyone. If we can stand by those three things - health, simplicity, access - for the future, there’s reason to be optimistic. “
Get involved with our writing team here!
We’re excited to introduce a new supporter of Watsi patients, Medisico. A London-based life sciences business, in the last two weeks alone Medisico has donated $11,789 to fund healthcare for 40 patients in 9 countries.
Medisico’s founder, Stephen Soos, writes:
From inception this company has been built on the new paradigm of giving, and creating more value in the world than it receives. Watsi allows us to reach out directly and instantly to positively touch the lives of the patients featured on this magnificent portal.
Medisico is all about patient outcomes. We develop life enhancing treatments and deliver these treatments direct to patients. Watsi means that we can extend that reach and use our income to make people well and save lives.
In the first week on Watsi we were able to contribute to or fully fund operations that literally saved the lives of a number of children. There can be no more a noble reason to be in business and we are grateful for the team behind Watsi for enabling our business to make this world just that little bit better.
I invite you to join us and watch your contribution, no matter how big or how small, give a fellow human the gift of life. That’s power.
It’s great to see companies looking to do good as they do well. To participate in Medisico’s campaign to fund life-changing healthcare for patients around the world, visit their page on Watsi
Andrew joined Watsi’s storytelling team as one of our earliest volunteers. When he’s not working at his San Francisco tech job, he enjoys baking, intense scrabble games, and traveling. Last month he ventured to Kabaret, Haiti where he brought soccer equipment to an area where hundreds of children play with only one ball.
“I was blown away by such a simple, elegant solution to a global problem,” Andrew told us about Watsi. “I work in the tech industry, and have been interested in global health issues since I was a teenager, so seeing the intersection between the two to benefit patients around the world was quite breathtaking.”
“I love that Watsi volunteers get to immediately see their impact. When I see that meter reach 100% for a patient whose profile I helped write, there’s a sense of personal accomplishment, but more so - there’s this awesome feeling that I’m participating with so many people around the world to make a huge difference in someone’s life.”
Meet the rest of our volunteers and find out how to get involved here!
She’s part of the team who cares for Watsi patients at Possible, our medical partner in Nepal.
Urmila’s mother died when she was ten years old. “She got sick and passed away because she didn’t have access to a good doctor,” Urmila says. Now, Urmila runs a 24-hour clinic at a hospital that has treated 225 Watsi patients.
Meet her patients and help Possible get to 226 today!
This is Wai Linn. He’s a one-year-old boy from Burma who can see for the first time thanks to nine donors who funded his $2,000 procedure.
Wai Linn’s story was posted to /r/UpliftingNews last month. What happened next blew us away. The story was upvoted to the front page of reddit where it was seen by more than a million people on Imgur. Our team did an AMA. And Huffington Post even wrote a piece about the mob of internet do-gooders rallying around Wai Linn’s story.
Then, /r/UpliftingNews launched a Watsi campaign. So far, the campaign has raised over $13k to fund healthcare for 95 people. We’ve almost run out of patients to fund healthcare for on the website…twice. The campaign is still going if you want to get involved.
Today, we’re excited to share a few of the updates we’ve received on patients whose healthcare the /r/UpliftingNews community funded (donors to all patients receive direct email updates).
Below is Eva
. She’s an entrepreneur from Guatemala who struggled for years to earn enough money to receive treatment for early onset arthritis . Saving money was impossible. Her condition was so painful she couldn’t work.
We posted Eva’s profile on Watsi during the beginning of the /r/UpliftingNews campaign. In a few hours, she’d raised enough money to finally receive treatment and get back to living her life.
"Eva is doing amazing," her doctor Peter Rohloff, a Harvard global health professor, tells us now. "She’s no longer in any pain. We’re so grateful for the support."
Meet Deepak from Nepal. After suffering a double fracture from falling over and landing heavily on his hands, Deepak was unable to move his swollen, painful arm when we posted him on Watsi.
Deepak enjoys studying, he is in sixth grade and loves English. But because of his injury, he couldn’t go to school.
A $200 cast was all that stood in the way of Deepak returning to a normal life. Everyone in his family works hard as farmers and tailors to make ends meet, but surgery for Deepak was outside their financial reach.
Thanks to the /r/UpliftingNews community, Deepak raised the money he needed to regain the use of his arm. “Deepak’s parents are relieved,” his doctors tell us. “They were about to sell their cattle to pay for his treatment. They thank the donors.”
Rehma is a four-month-old baby girl. She was born to loving parents in Uganda and promptly diagnosed with hydrocephalus, an abnormal build-up of fluid in her brain.
Hydrocephalus is life-threatening. Because of the massive swelling and pressure on her brain, Rehma was at risk for blindness, brain damage, and death.
We posted Rehma’s story on Watsi. Within hours, the /r/UpliftingNews community funded a procedure to save her life. Today, Rehma is sleeping, eating, breathing, and growing like a normal baby should.
Thank you, /r/UpliftingNews. We hope you know what an incredible impact you’ve made.
You can still help Uplifting News spread the health by donating to fund healthcare for a patient through their campaign!